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SRH

CSK (girte padte pahuch jayenge)

MI (yes they are @ bottom but they have the team n its their story every year)

RCB/KXIP (ashwin looks to be a terrific captain who just has to get combination right vs kohli who has 3-4 players who can take the team through qualifiers)

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Haven’t seen all the teams play live so difficult to say at the moment. Many teams peak as the tourney progresses. Additionally, there are a lot of games to go so a team can sneak in with 8 wins

 

My initial impressions from watching a few games and scorecards:

 

* CSK: Dad’s Army. It is like someone would have to have an exceptional day for it to win on consistent basis. Though it has experienced players who can do that

 

* DD: Good potential on paper. But could be inconsistent 

 

* K11: Not much depth. Weak bowling relatively. Some players would need to have exceptional series for it to do well 

 

* KKR: Good potential on paper. Could do well if youngsters such as Gill, Kuldeep, Rana, etc., play to their potential

 

* MI: Relatively well balanced however international picks are not that great. Expecting Lewis, Pollard and Cuttings to be inconsistent. JP, not an impact player relatively speaking in this format. Indian players would need to get in to their groove for it to do well

 

* RCB: Good on paper. However tends to choke 

 

* RR: Weak bowling. Again like K11, someone would need to have an exceptional series for it to advance. On its day, could be a handful

 

* SRH: Good on paper but too reliant on bowling. If opposition gets 180 plus, batting could struggle 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, zen said:

* CSK: Dad’s Army. It is like someone would have to have an exceptional day for it to win on consistent basis. Though it has experienced players who can do that

 

dhoni - still fitter than most of the young players

bhajji - spinner , no issues

watson - still bowling 140s and hitting as good as anyone else 

 

 

 

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Too many questions: 

 

1. Can RR consistently deliver with the bat to compensate for weak bowling?

2. Can RCB sort its strategies and deliver under pressure?

3. Can K11 put big totals consistently (similar situation to RR)? And can you do well with Yuvi struggling at 4?

4. Can DD be consistent? Can it play smart cricket? 

5. Can CSK’s Dad’s Army survive the long tourney (14-17 games iirc) and of course be consistent? 

 

By process of elimination (in random order): 

1. MI (it is expected to win a few games and may gain momentum)

2. KKR (if youngsters come to party) 

3. SRH (could pick points vs relatively weak / bowling batting sides) 

4. Open slot 

 

:dontknow:

 

 

 

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Too early to tell. Would need the teams to play out 5 matches to get a feel. Srh limped to victory in their last two outing anyways so being on top means little to none atm. If teams starts scoring beyond 160 against them, that's when we will know if they deserve to sit at 1. Without Warner, they are a 150 at max kind of team. MI looks solid but once again somehow lost it in the last over couple of matches.

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Archer just took the wind out of MI's sails. Let's see how MI bowls and fields. Or it could confirm its position among bottom 4 soon 

 

So far the race is among CSK, K11, KKR, RR (dark horse) and SRH 

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I am still not impressed by any team in particular as most have glaring weaknesses. Some teams look good when playing against weaker teams or those struggling with getting the combination right but struggle against relatively stronger teams. Some teams have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory 

 

Those in the top cannot be complacent as tourney can go wrong for them if they are not consistent. Some of the teams in the bottom half have the ability to win on consistent basis to bounce back. It would also depend up on whom the remaining matches are against 

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CSK going to lose next 3 games to make and then win the final 2 to make another comeback to qualify for playoffs. They like to tease and also the tournament will become alive again with chindi teams winning and building hope again.

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KKR and K11 play against each other so one of them will lose points (unless points are shared for some reason). MI has 2 games in total vs these two (1 vs KKR, 1 vs K11). MI's other two games are against RR and DD.

Basically, it would be about the teams that start to peak now. KKR and K11 would be favorites though based on how they have done so far

 

 

Edited by zen

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3 way shoot out for 3 spots among K11-KKR-RR :beer: .... MI only has a chance if teams competing for the 4th spot end up with 7 wins (MI would need to win the remaining two to be considered) 

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Below is what I posted on the MI thread on its chances:

 

"

  1. MI has to beat K11 and DD
  2. K11 should lose 2 of its 3 games. If not all 3 
  3. KKR should not win more than 1 of its remaining 2 games. One is against RR so it would cut in to the win of the other
  4. RR. Same as KKR 

 

One of KKR and RR is guaranteed to end up with at least 7 wins. MI has to win the last two. If 2 of the other 3 teams win 2 games each, a highly probable scenario, it is game over for MI. I hope this helps 

"

 

 

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Field has opened up now. K11, KKR and RR have 6 wins but negative NRR. MI and RCB have 5 wins but positive NRR. All have two games to go 

 

  • K11 plays MI and CSK
  • KKR plays RR and SRH
  • MI plays K11 and DD
  • RR plays KKR and RCB
  • RCB plays SRH and RR 

 

Take your picks! 

 

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36 minutes ago, zen said:

Field has opened up now. K11, KKR and RR have 6 wins but negative NRR. MI and RCB have 5 wins but positive NRR. All have two games to go 

 

  • K11 plays MI and CSK
  • KKR plays RR and SRH
  • MI plays K11 and DD
  • RR plays KKR and RCB
  • RCB plays SRH and RR 

 

Take your picks! 

 

MI have the easiest opponents.. Will somehow find a way to sneak in

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With MI winning today, only KKR has a chance to get to 16 points, still their NRR is poor..

So, top two are surely SRH and CSK

 

Buttler is leaving for England, leaves RR with no hopes to get to the top 4.

KXIP has a poor NRR... Even if they beat CSK by 200 runs, their NRR will be worse than MI..

So, RR and KXIP are practically out..

 

KKR needs to win against SRH in hyderabad - tough one

MI need to beat DD in Delhi

RCB need to beat SRH in Bangalore and RR in Jaipur - SRH one is dicey, RR should be an easier game..

 

 

Tough to say which two of KKR / MI / RCB will go through..

 

 

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